VALIANT FOR TRUTH


 Are you a person who would be valiant for the truth? In Jeremiah 9:3 it says, “And like their bow they have bent
their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.”  When I hear the word “valiant” I think of
“sword fight days”. The valiant are brave and are willing to stand for truth and right and are ready to defend the
cause of truth.   Jeremiah mentions  bows in verse 3  and in verse 8 he mentions arrows.  “Their tongue is an arrow
shot out; It speaks deceit; One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he lies in wait.”  So
I think I am justified in thinking of “sword fight days” when I hear this word “valiant”.  Warriors are mighty men
prepared for war. But sometimes men are mighty men for the wrong things. For instance, in Isaiah 5:22 it says,
“Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink.”  Some are valiant for lies,  
falsehood and untruth according to Jeremiah. (9:3) But we should be valiant for the truth.   Jeremiah said, “For the
land is full of adulterers; For because of a curse the land  mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried
up. Their course of life is evil, and their might is not right.”  (Jer. 23:10) In this verse they are said to be
valiant/mighty for what is not right.  We are not to be valiant for intoxicating drink, untruth or that which is not right.  
So are you valiant for THE TRUTH?
Some according to Jeremiah are valiant for lies. Some folks tongue are like bows that are bent and that shoot forth
one lie right after another lie.  Some will defend a lie they have told as being the truth.  This advice given by good
parents in the past to their children is still good advice today, “Son always tell the truth, for if you tell a lie, you will
have to tell another lie to back the first lie up.”  In verse 8 quoted above, the tongue is an arrow that shoots out
deceit. In Jeremiah 9:5 its says, “Everyone will deceive his neighbor, And will not speak the truth; They have taught
their tongues to speak lies; They weary themselves to commit iniquity.”  Paul in speaking of Christians said in the
book of Colossians, “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.” (3:9) John tells
us the final end of liars when he wrote in Revelation, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers,
sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and
brimstone, which is the second death.”  (21:8) A Christian should be valiant for telling the truth.
Even in the area of religion, we must be valiant for the truth! Some think that any and everything religious would
have to be true. But there is not a notion that is any further from the truth than that one. Surely preacher there is no
lie or falsehood of anything religious?  I would love to assure you that, that was so, but I cannot. Jesus himself said,
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:
15) Lying false prophets appear religious, but really are liars. Any preacher/teacher who doesn’t teach only what
God says in the Bible is a false teacher and shall be accursed. (See Gal. 1:7-9) We are to speak the truth in love
(Eph. 4:15) and that is done by giving book, chapter and verse for all that we  teach and practice from the Bible
itself. Paul said in Colossians, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God the Father through Him.” (3:17) If Jesus hasn’t authorize a religious practice, then it is false and a
wrong practice. We must ask this question about every practice and teaching in the religious world, “Is it from
Heaven or from men?”  Jesus asked the Jewish leaders about the authority for John the Baptist’s teaching in the
wilderness. “The baptism of John – where was it from? From heaven or from men?” (Matthew 21:25) If you want the
truth of God to prevail upon the earth, then you must question every religious practice and make sure it comes from
the God of Heaven.  We are told to “Test all things: hold fast what is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21)
What is the standard of truth? What is the source of truth? Obviously it is from the God of heaven and from His Son
whom He sent to this world?  That is the question we are to ask as we question all religious things, ”Is this practice
from heaven.” (Matthew 21:25)  But how do we know what God wants us to do?  God has given  us the Scriptures to
instruct and guide us while upon earth. All Scriptures (66  books) are inspired of God. The word “inspired” means
“God breathed.” God has breathed the scriptures as He spoke His will to man. “All scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God’s Word is a light to show us
His pathway in a dark world. “Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light  to my path.” (Psalms 119:105) Consider
Daniel 10:21 which says, “But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth…” The Scripture are the Truth
and that is why they are called “The Scripture of Truth.”  Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth,
Your word is truth.” That settles it. The standard of God’s truth is the Word of God.  We are going to be judged in
the judgment day by the Words of Christ. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which
judges him – the word that I have spoken  will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)  Will you be valiant in
believing, practicing and defending the Word of Truth? (Col. 1:5)  
Since there are many false prophets today as there were in Peter’s day (2 Peter 2:1), we must be prepared to
valiantly defend the truth. Paul said, “But the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the
gospel.” (Philippians 1:17) Paul would defend the gospel, would you? When many are asked to defend the truth,
they instead hide behind a misunderstanding of Matthew 7:1 that says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” as
though a false practice and belief should be allowed since we can’t judge anyone. False teachings and false
gospels will condemn souls. (See Gal. 1:7-9 and this time please read the passage.)  Jesus warned in the same
chapter of Matthew that mentions  judging, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but
inwardly  they are ravenous wolves.” (Mt. 7:15) How will you determine who is a false prophet without making that
judgment?  Jesus did not condemn the practice of judging, he condemned unfair judging, which judges by
appearances  (See John 7:24) or which judges  others of a wrong when you are guilty of worst things than they
are.  Paul also warned about false teachers, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming
themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2
Corinthians 11:13-14) This brings me to where I began.  To believe every religious doctrine and practice  that men
and religious bodies teach without question, is to be asking to be deceived.  Satan appears as an angel of light. But
he is not. Many preachers appear to be preaching the truth, but are not. They preach error and untruth. Many of
these false teachers are valiant for untruth. Many were in Jeremiah’s day and our day is no exception.  The
question is, ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE TRUTH AND WILL YOU BE VALIANT FOR THE TRUTH!  If I write
something that you don’t believe is the truth, or if I condemn something you believe to be truth,  don’t get upset, but
rather  search the Scriptures to see if the things I say are true. (Acts 17:11) If you have a questions, be sure to
contact me with them. I remind you that this paper is called, “Truth Seeker” and that is my intention and I hope that
you are valiant for the Truth also! Nolan Glover